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Title of Law:Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001
Law #:Public Law 106-346
Passed by Congress:106th Congress (2nd Session)

The following are excerpts, highlighted in red, from the final legislation and/or conference report which contain National Academies' studies. (Pound signs [##] between passages denote the deletion of unrelated text.)

HR4475 Wolf (R-Va.) 10/06/00
Enrolled (finally passed both houses)

A bill making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for fiscal 2001, and for other purposes.
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H.R.4475

One Hundred Sixth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,

the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand

An Act

Making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, namely:

SECTION 101. (a) The provisions of the following bill are hereby enacted into law, H.R. 5394 of the 106th Congress, as introduced on October 5, 2000.

(b) In publishing the Act in slip form and in the United States Statutes at Large pursuant to section 112 of title 1, United States Code, the Archivist of the United States shall include after the date of approval at the end an appendix setting forth the text of the bill referred to in subsection (a) of this section.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.

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HR5394 Wolf (R-Va.) 10/05/00
Enrolled (finally passed both houses)

A bill making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for fiscal 2001, and for other purposes.
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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, namely:

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NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

Operations and Research

For expenses necessary to discharge the functions of the Secretary, with respect to traffic and highway safety under chapter 301 of title 49, United States Code, and part C of subtitle VI of title 49, United States Code, $116,876,000 of which $85,321,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2003: Provided, That none of the funds appropriated by this Act may be obligated or expended to plan, finalize, or implement any rulemaking to add to section 575.104 of title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations any requirement pertaining to a grading standard that is different from the three grading standards (treadwear, traction, and temperature resistance) already in effect: Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated in this Act may be obligated or expended to purchase a vehicle to conduct New Car Assessment Program crash testing at a price that exceeds the manufacturer´s suggested retail price, unless the Secretary submits a request for a waiver that is approved by the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations: Provided further, That the Department of Transportation shall fund a study with the National Academy of Sciences on whether the static stability factor is a scientifically valid measurement that presents practical, useful information to the public including a comparison of the static stability factor test versus a test with rollover metrics based on dynamic driving conditions that may induce rollover events: Provided further, That nothing in this provision prohibits NHTSA from completing action on its proposal to provide rollover rating information to the public while the National Academy of Sciences conducts this study: Provided further, That to the extent NHTSA continues action on its rollover ratings proposal during the study, the agency shall consider any available preliminary deliberations or conclusions available from the National Academy of Sciences before completing action on its proposal, and shall consider coordinating any final action on its proposal with the completion of the National Academy of Sciences study: Provided further, That the National Academy of Sciences shall complete this study and issue a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations not later than nine months after the date of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That after the National Academy of Sciences submits its findings to the Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shall formally review and respond within thirty days to the study findings and propose any appropriate revisions to the consumer information program based on that review.

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HRpt 106-940 CONFERENCE REPORT To accompany H.R. 4475 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2001, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Conference Committee
(10/05/00)
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CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 4475, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2001

Mr. YOUNG of Florida submitted the following conference report on the bill (H.R. 4475) making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes:

CONFERENCE REPORT (H. REPT. 106-940)

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 4475) "making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes", having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate, and agree to the same with an amendment, as follows:

In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said amendment, insert: That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, namely:

Section 101. (a) The provisions of the following bill are hereby enacted into law, H.R. 5394 of the 106th Congress, as introduced on October 5, 2000.

(b) In publishing the Act in slip form and in the United States Statutes at Large pursuant to section 112, of title 1, United States Code, the Archivist of the United States shall include after the date of approval at the end an appendix setting forth the text of the bill referred to in subsection (a) of this section.

And the Senate agree to the same.

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JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

The mangers on the part of the House of Representatives and the Senate at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 4475) making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes, submit the following joint statement to the House of Representatives and the Senate in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the managers and recommended in the accompanying conference report.

The Senate deleted the entire House bill after the enacting clause and inserted the Senate bill.

The conference agreement would enact the provisions of H.R. 5394 as introduced on October 5, 2000. The text of that bill follows:

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NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

OPERATIONS AND RESEARCH

For expenses necessary to discharge the functions of the Secretary, with respect to traffic and highway safety under chapter 301 of title 49, United States Code, and part C of subtitle VI of title 49, United States Code, $116,876,000 of which $85,321,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2003: Provided, That none of the funds appropriated by this Act may be obligated or expended to plan, finalize, or implement any rulemaking to add to section 575.104 of title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations any requirement pertaining to a grading standard that is different from the three grading standards (treadwear, traction, and temperature resistance) already in effect: Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated in this Act may be obligated or expended to purchase a vehicle to conduct New Car Assessment Program crash testing at a price that exceeds the manufacturer´s suggested retail price, unless the Secretary submits a request for a waiver that is approved by the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations: Provided further, That the Department of Transportation shall fund a study with the National Academy of Sciences on whether the static stability factor is a scientifically valid measurement that presents practical, useful information to the public including a comparison of the static stability factor test versus a test with rollover metrics based on dynamic driving conditions that may induce rollover events: Provided further, That nothing in this provision prohibits NHTSA from completing action on its proposal to provide rollover rating information to the public while the National Academy of Sciences conducts this study: Provided further, That to the extent NHTSA continues action on its rollover ratings proposal during the study, the agency shall consider any available preliminary deliberations or conclusions available from the National Academy of Sciences before completing action on its proposal, and shall consider coordinating any final action on its proposal with the completion of the National Academy of Sciences study: Provided further, That the National Academy of Sciences shall complete this study and issue a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations not later than nine months after the date of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That after the National Academy of Sciences submits its findings to the Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shall formally review and respond within thirty days to the study findings and propose any appropriate revisions to the consumer information program based on that review.

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The conference agreement modifies a provision proposed by the Senate that would have prohibited rollover testing using static stability factors. The agreement allows NHTSA to move forward with the rollover rating proposal while the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) studies static versus dynamic testing. NHTSA shall then be required to review the findings of the NAS study and propose any appropriate revisions to its testing procedures within 30 days of receiving the study.

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New car assessment program (NCAP).-The conference agreement provides $5,556,000 for the new car assessment program. This fully funds the budget request for this program, except for the small dummy component, and provides sufficient funding to support a National Academy of Sciences study of the proposed rollover rating based on the static stability factor. A total of $500,000 has been included in the research and analysis contract program to crash 14 passenger vehicles with a small stature dummy to acquire essential test data and to assure that these dummies are satisfactorily developed for compliance testing associated with the new air bag rule in 2004. The agency has informed the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations that it will not release the results of crashes conducted to test the small stature dummy as part of NCAP.

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CAFE language.-A general provision (Sec. 320) is included that prohibits the use of funds to prepare, prescribe, or promulgate corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for automobiles that differ from those previously enacted. In addition, the conferees request the National Academy of Sciences, in consultation with the Department of Transportation, to conduct a study to evaluate the effectiveness and impacts of CAFE standards. The study shall examine, among other factors, those considerations outlined in 49 U.S.C. section 32902(F); the impact of CAFE standards on motor vehicle safety; disparate impacts on the U.S. automotive sector; the effect on U.S. employment in the automotive sector; and the effect of requiring CAFE calculations for domestic and non-domestic fleets. The National Academy of Sciences shall complete this study no later than July 1, 2001, and submit it to the appropriate committees of the Congress and the Department of Transportation. Section 320 of this Act should not be interpreted as preventing the Department of Transportation from providing the National Academy of Sciences with pertinent data and technical guidance and expertise, as necessary. As noted previously in the Federal Highway Administration´s "Limitation on administrative expenses", up to $1,000,000 has been allocated for this study.

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The conference agreement deletes the Senate provision that provides for the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on noise impacts of railroad operations, including idling train engines on the quality of life of nearby communities, the quality of the environment (including consideration of air pollution), and safety.

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